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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
92 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Pension and benefits are very good with a good work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • There is job security - to a certain degree (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Cutting benefits and pays less then in the private sector (in 6 reviews)

  • the politicization of public service is sickening (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Life/work balance and benefits are the best

    Cons

    Change policies everyday, Brucracy, hard to get in

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working environment for scientists and professionnals

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    Current Employee - Research Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great challenges, good benefits. Truly multi-cultural experience.

    Cons

    Salary below private sector. Very bureaucratic (frustrating) environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing and don't get on the political bandwagon. Be transparent and open.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable but bureacratic. Worth the pension

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Pension and benefits are very good with a good work-life balance. There is ample job security even though some departments are laying people off at the moment

    Cons

    Low morale
    Progression to Management is sometimes based on how long you've been there instead of skills at leading people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micro-manage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analyst at Government of Canada

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    Former Employee - Socio-economic Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Socio-economic Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In general, the government focuses on "process" so if you're results-driven, it may be difficult to adapt to the work environment. Take things slowly and follow the rules.

    It is an ideal position for someone who wants to have predictable work hours e.g. mothers who want to take care of their children. Another nice thing is that you know your paycheque is safe; although there are no bonuses nor perks, you get paid bi-weekly on time.
    I liked the stability, independence, defined-benefit pensions, and health-care benefits.

    Cons

    I frown at ineffective ways of doing work that's been engrained through generations and generations of government workers. For instance, booking a business trip can easily be done by individual workers, but the government makes its workers make reservations through a third-party private company (i.e. American Express), which just wastes time and resources.

    I also didn't like lack of horizontal and vertical mobility. People tend to stay where they are. Many career opportunities do get posted internally, but they often have restrictions such as "you can only apply if you're within 100 km of a certain city" that make it impossible to move up to another position or move across to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please devote more time to providing feedbacks to your team rather than getting lost amidst paper-shuffling.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great pension promises, but frustrating work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Nice benefits package, safe working environment (people are are very well-behaved)

    Cons

    You see a lot of wasting of money and can not do anything about it. Things could be done better, but people are afraid to try. Little vacation time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have hired 'the best and the brightest', let them think and come up with the answers the country needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employer goes through waves

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    Former Employee - Communications Officer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communications Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good environment. It's not the greatest place for innovation or creativity - I felt a lot of my ideas and contributions were shot down.

    Cons

    Lazy people, government is axing employees at the moment, so low morale. It's a good job if you are used to the 9 to 5 work life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great experience

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    Former Employee - Court Administrative Clerk  in  Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Court Administrative Clerk in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Had a great time working with other co-workers and learned a lot.

    Cons

    There are small office space to work in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    the people i worked with were very nice

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Pros

    This was not a stressful job, accommodating, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    salary was very low since i got the position through an employment agency

  10.  

    Good Experience as an Elections Poll Clerk

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It was very easy to get organized on the day of the elections, and everything went well without a hitch.

    Cons

    There was nothing bad in particular.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at government all depends on where you end-up

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits,
    good life,
    kind of safe job,
    average salary,
    possibility of promotion if you are willing to and f you are patient.

    Cons

    Everything is way too slow,
    Sometimes it could be hard to find good people to teach you new things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about at least a bit about young people. They are those who are the most likely willing to work hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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